Dr Sunita Rajput
I have over 9 years of experience working with adults and families in clinical, NHS and private settings. I have worked with individuals who have complex mental health needs and comorbidity, for example Personality Disorder and/or autistic spectrum disorders and PTSD. I am qualified to use a wide range of psychometric tests and clinical procedures in making assessments of intelligence and cognitive functioning, personality and trauma.
I am currently working as a Highly Specialist Psychologist in an Acute Mental Health Setting for the West London NHS Trust. My role is to provide rapid psychological assessment, formulation and brief interventions to adult service users experiencing a mental health crisis who require an admission to hospital. Additionally I offer Reflective Practice, facilitate Case Formulation meetings to help the wider MDT develop and deliver care plans and provide training, consultation and supervision regarding psychological practice. I am also an Expert Witness providing medico-legal reports for Family, Criminal and Civil topics.
I am a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry where I am involved in writing academic papers. I disseminate my work by presenting at the BPS annual conference on a regular basis. I have also delivered training and teaching to trainee GPs for example common difficulties in discerning organic illness from health anxiety, increasing awareness of interventions and improving access.
As a practitioner I aim to provide a supportive, explorative, challenging process where I encourage you to choose ways of being in the present and future that you yourself identify as more deeply satisfying, meaningful and authentic. This will include a consideration of existential limits such as death, failure, weakness, guilt, anxiety and despair. I believe at the core is creating a warm, valuing and empathic patient-therapist relationship/alliance which I have found to be predictive of positive therapeutic outcomes (Norcross & Lambert, 2011).
The Models I Work With
I mainly use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) however; I apply an idiographic approach to tailor the requirements of your needs. Thus at times an integrative approach combining aspects of either Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT), Acceptance, Commitment Therapy (ACT) and a phenomenological (existential) method are employed.
Training and Qualifications
• 2012 Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
• 2006 MSc in Psychiatric Research
• 2001 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PCET)
• 1999 BSc. (Hons) Psychology
• 2019 2 Day Workshop Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Training (DBT), by West London Trust.
• 2019 2 Day Training Historical Clinical Risk Management (HCR-20v3) Douglas, Hart, Webster, & Belfrage, 2013 by West London Health Trust.
• 2019 MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA) on Demand Training, Hoge, Bonnie, et al., 1997) by Global Institute of Forensic
• 2011 Cognitive Analytical Therapy Skills Training (CAT) by Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.
Rajput S., Hassiotis A., Richards M., Hatch S.L., Stewart R. Associations between IQ and common mental disorders: The 2000 British National Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity. European Psychiatry. 2011 Sep; 26(6):390-5. Epub 2010 Oct 8.
Rajput S., Stewart R. Association between pre-morbid intellectual functioning and late-life depression in the French Elderly population. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. (with authors for review).
• Chartered by the British Psychological Society (Membership of Clinical and Counselling Divisions) 139837
• Health and Care Professionals Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist PYL30377
• National Autistic Society
• UK Health and Learning Disabilities Network